SHARE

(2011)

Film4: Monday 12 October, 11.35pm

Meryl Streep suitably imperious as Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s disastrously divisive prime minister throughout the evil empire that was the 1980s. In her brilliant career, the incredible Streep has beenthe She-Devil’s nemesis and the nasty nun in Doubt – the Grantham milk snatcher is a snap. Flirting with the elderly Thatcher’s creeping dementia, the story flips between present and past as she muses on her place in the boys’ club of politics.

Despite Streep’s uncanny performance (her first Oscar since Sophie’s Choice in 1982, her first Bafta since The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1981), this is a glibly assembled piece, interested greatly in Thatcher’s perspective but not at all in the misery her governments inflicted through inquitous privitisation and poll taxes. Going far too soft on the Iron Lady, it ultimately seeks something Thatcher herself would deplore: pity.

★★★

Certificate: 12
Duration: 105min

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